The Mountain Leader Award is a nationally accredited scheme from Mountain Training UK designed to train and assess those who want to lead groups on mountains throughout Britain in summer conditions. The award has two parts: training and assessment, with a consolidation period between the two. For our Mountain Leader Award courses in 2017 we've teamed up with Steve Howe, a well-respected provider of ML courses who also runs our First Aid courses with his wife Helen. Steve and Helen run their own company, Snowdonia First Aid, and we're delighted to have tempted them north to Cumbria and the fells of the Lake District to work with us on our ML courses this year.
The Mountain Leader Award training covers the following subjects:
The full syllabus and Scheme Handbook can be viewed on the Mountain Training website here
- Group management
- Access and the environment
- Hazards (including steep ground and rivers) and emergency procedures
- Expedition skills
- Background knowledge
Our Mountain Leader Award training courses take place over 6 days, and offer candidates suitable terrain within the scope of the award, with plenty of learning opportunities along the way. Our assessment courses run over 5 days. For our courses for 2017 we'll be based in the Lowther Valley at Bampton, in Cumbria, using our own tearoom as a meeting point and also for any indoor sessions. For our outdoor sessions we have a huge range of suitable terrain right on our doorstep, from the mountains of the Far Eastern Fells of the Lake District, including High Street, Harter Fell, and Kidsty Pike, to the Helvellyn range just a little further west.
How do I join?
First of all, you must be a member of a mountaineering council to enter the Mountain Leader Scheme, so that will be either the BMC or the MCofS. You can join one of these during the registration process with Mountain Training.
You must then register for this award with Mountain Training before you can take part in the training course. Registration costs £44 – payable to Mountain Training upon registering. This gives you access to the superb DLOG online logbook, and a copy of the British Mountaineering Council’s ‘Safety on Mountains’ booklet. You must then personally undertake and log an absolute minimum of 20 varied walks in mountain terrain, which you'll soon get to know as 'Quality Mountain Days'. You will then be eligible to attend the Mountain Leader Award training course.
After attending the Mountain Leader Award training course, you then need to undertake a consolidation period (you'll be advised about this during the debrief session at the end of your training course) and complete an appropriate First Aid course, before you can attend a Mountain Leader Award assessment course.
MOUNTAIN LEADER AWARD TRAINING DATES 2017
14-19 August - Bampton, Cumbria. 12 Places available
MOUNTAIN LEADER AWARD ASSESSMENT DATES 2017
13-17 November - Bampton, Cumbria. 8 Places available
Our Mountain Leader Award courses cost £340 per person for training and £340 per person for assessment. This fee does NOT include the Mountain Training registration fee (see How do I join?, above). These courses are not residential, but we can suggest accommodation options.
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